Quite possibly the worst thing about Google deciding to announce the impending closure of Google Reader was their timing of it… The announced it on the same day that my grandfather passed away.
Which makes me feel like I’m the biggest asshole on the face of the planet because at the current moment, I’m about ten times more bereft over the fact that Google is taking away a service that’s been the literal staple of my life since in launched in 2005.
It’s not that I actually am. It’s just that I process death of a loved one at the pace of a sloth in slow motion, so I don’t expect I’ll be leaving the first stage of grief anytime soon…
Whereas with Google Reader, I skipped denial and guilt entirely and have honed right in on anger and bargaining.
I get it. Google Reader is one of those services that doesn’t exactly have a wide market appeal.
I mean, sure… If you looked at my Twitter feed, you’d think the Google had just announced that they started the apocalypse but that’s because I happen to follow geeks that are stuck loving their simple method of doing stuff that was cutting edge six years ago and bloggers who just wanted a simple way to follow other bloggers without junking up their social media or their inbox.
Normal everyday people don’t know nor care what Google Reader is, and the truth is… there’s a lot more money in catering to all of those people who are not bloggers and geeks.
I have yet to form an exit strategy from Google Reader yet… I’m on the prowl for an acceptable solution. I’ll let you know when I find one.